In conjunction with this year’s ‘International Day of Families’, the Family Wellness Club, Ipoh (FWC) organised a forum to raise awareness on issues relating to gender equality and children’s rights. It was also to educate and empower individuals and families.
The forum titled ‘Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families’ was held at the YMCA Hall, Ipoh on Friday, May 15.
The objective was to give the participants a better understanding of issues relating to gender inequality and the violation of children’s rights and how these issues should be tackled. The secondary objective was to provide an understanding of current family laws, both civil and syariah, and how they can be improved to ensure the rights of all family members.
The forum was officiated by Puan Srihartini Mohd Shamsudin, the Director of Jabatan Pembangunan Wanita Perak.
Panel speakers included the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Malaysia programme manager, Suri Kempe; children’s rights activist, Datin PH Wong; civil lawyer, Kan Weng Hin and syariah lawyer, Ahmad Munawir Abdul Aziz.
The panellists articulated on the given subjects and shared their professional knowledge and experiences with the participants.
During the question and answer session that followed, the speakers answered and deliberated on questions and issues raised from the floor. It was a fruitful session indeed.